California judge allows anti-abortion group to release video

Aug 21, 2015 4:34 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has refused to block the release of an anti-abortion group's secretly recorded videos of discussions with a company that provides fetal tissue for research.

But how soon the videos might be released is unclear. The company, StemExpress of Placerville, California, has said it will seek a stay from an appeals court.

Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell on Friday finalized a ruling vacating an earlier temporary restraining order and denying a permanent injunction sought by StemExpress.

The judge says the company is likely to win its claim of privacy violations, but that doesn't trump the First Amendment rights of anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress.

The case arose after the center released videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing providing aborted fetal organs for research. StemExpress then realized its officials also were recorded.

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